Morrissey in Conversation: The Essential Interviews Paperback – 1 Nov 2007
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'It's proof, lest we forget, that in terms of great copy Morrissey has rarely been anything other than interview gold.' --Q Magazine
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Edited by Paul A. Woods, this book features contributions from numerous modern rock journalists.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Reading this collection of interviews one could reasonably assume that the solitary figure was Steven Patrick Morrissey once the front person of the world's greatest band and arguably still the worlds greatest lyricist.
No one gives better interview than Morrissey as this collection clearly attests. These pages are drenched with the influence of the dinner party guests: The flowery, poetic and slightly anachronistic influence of Wilde's language. The witty, often poignantly accurate character observations of Wood and Bennett. And, most significantly, the camp `knowing' humour of Orton and Williams.
Like many lines from his songs, some of Morrissey's responses to questions or his observations on life are genuinely laugh out loud funny. I furrow my brow and shake my head crossly at the fact that this man was once considered by many to be `the ambassador of doom' during his reign in the 80's and early 90's. The truth is that Morrissey showed comedic genius in almost everything he did. Oh how his contemporaries must have wept with envy whenever they came across a Morrissey interview in the music press.
Read this book and agree with me wholeheartedly or, to paraphrase the master, risk being spanked with a wet plimsoll!
And if you love the Smiths or Morrissey, it's a must.
These interviews also provide a window to his work over the years, from The Smiths in the early 80's to his most recent albums - passing through life in Manchester, London L.A. and Rome. I did laugh out loud at some points - there is no doubt, you're gonna miss him when he's gone.
I only have two qualms; I wish this had been released in hardback, an altogether more durable form. Secondly, whilst there is some lovely photos in the book, I just wish that there were more, but that's just me being greedy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My dad absolutely LOVED this book, can't seem to put it down. A must have for all Morrissey fans!